Oppositional Defiant Behavior Disorder

Evidence-Based Child Behavior Management Program for Parents

Program Goals

  1. To assist parents in developing greater competence in dealing with child behavior problems, especially noncompliance and disruptiveness.
  2. To improve child compliance to appropriate commands and rules given by parents using proven techniques in a comprehensive manner.
  3. To provide parents with knowledge of the causes of child misbehavior and the principles that underlie the learning of appropriate behavior so they can solve child behavior problems on their own.

Children Appropriate for the Program

This program is appropriate for parents of children (ages 4-11) who display noncompliant behavior alone or in conjunction with other childhood disorders. These disorders are often referred to as having “externalizing” or “acting out” disorders that may go under the more specific diagnoses of oppositional defiant disorder, ADHD, conduct disorder, childhood onset pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, provided that noncompliant behavior is a primary problem. Children displaying “acting out” or defiant behavior as an adjustment reaction to parental separation or divorce often respond well to this program.

Basic Premise

The basic premise of the program is that children are not “bad” children. They have learned to behave badly and by applying advanced techniques based on learning theory, parents can teach their children to behave more appropriately.

Program Duration

The program is presented in 11 consecutive 90-minute group sessions. An additional “booster” session is provided one month after the last session. Some parents also request individual sessions following the group to fine tune what they have learned in the group. However, most parents find that the 12 group sessions provide sufficient training for applying the skills effectively.

Program Therapists

Michael Goldberg, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has provided this program to over 500 parents since 1991. Dr. Goldberg is the Director of Child and Family Psychological Services, PLLC. He was also a Scientific Associate in Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital and an Instructor at Harvard Medical School from 1994-2007. He has taught Child Development at Boston University and other courses at Saint Louis University. Dr. Goldberg is a Past President of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He was recognized in 2002 by the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology with their Early Career Award for outstanding contributions to the field of clinical psychology.

Dr. Lisa DeGrass received her BA in Psychology from Wake Forest University before completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Clinical Child & Pediatric Psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. DeGrass is an expert in treating children and adults with ADHD and related disorders. She worked for several years as a clinician and Assistant Director of the AD/HD Clinic at UNCG. Along with Arthur Anastopoulos, Ph.D., Director of the UNCG AD/HD program, Dr. DeGrass has published several research and scholarly texts about AD/HD. Dr. DeGrass leads the Child Behavior Management Program in Weymouth.

Mark Simmons, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and Certified Health Service Provider. Dr. Simmons graduated from Bates College. He received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Simmons completed pre-doctoral training at the Couples and Family Clinic at Cambridge Health Alliance as well as Medfield State Hospital. He also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Prior to joining Child & Family Psychological Services Dr. Simmons was in private practice in Acton, Massachusetts. In addition to his clinical services, he serves as the Director of Psychotherapy Services.

The program is limited to 10 parents and is always filled in advance.

An initial consultation/assessment is required before a family can be enrolled in the program. In that consultation you will have the opportunity to ask the questions you have to determine whether you believe this intervention is appropriate.

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